Jobs With Justice Awards PPS A "Grinch" Award

If you were watching Portland Public Schools' Monday night School Board meeting on television you missed Jobs with Justice's appearance. The workers' rights group awarded the School Board a "Grinch of the Year" award for not settling its contract with PPS teachers during 17 months of negotiaion. But the school district, which broadcasts the meetings on Channel 28, cut to a commercial during the ...   More
Friday, December 18, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Teachers, Hip-Hop Fans To Crowd School-Board Meeting

Another busy night for the Portland School Board this evening. Portland Public Schools' teachers, who have been working without a contract since July 2008, will hold another rally outside the meeting tonight. (Here's a summary of last week's mediation session, from the Portland Association of Teachers union.) And proponents of a new charter school focused on the recording arts are also gathering ...   More
Monday, December 14, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Portland School Board Member Questions Proposed Ban on Transfers

A member of the Portland School Board is questioning a key assumption undergirding Superintendent Carole Smith's proposed redesign of Portland Public Schools' high schools. That assumption? That PPS should ban the long-standing practice of allowing students to transfer from their own neighborhood high school to a different high school outside their neighborhood. That practice is one element ...   More
Friday, January 8, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Hundreds Spend MLK Day Urging Oregon to Vote Yes on 66 & 67 Campaign

An estimated 500-plus people packed this morning into the Vote Yes on 66-67 campaign office in Northeast Portland, as they readied themselves for a statewide day of canvassing about the mail-in Jan. 26 election. The effort was part of a statewide push that included Salem, Medford, Bend, Corvallis and Eugene — which together brought in around 200 more volunteers in those cities. In Portland, ...   More
Monday, January 18, 2010 Brittany Rogers

Rigler Parents Want Solutions for Overcrowded School

Parents at a meeting at Rigler on K-8s in 2008. Dozens of concerned parents and community members filled the auditorium at Rigler K-8 School in the Cully neighborhood Wednesday night for a meeting to discuss overcrowding at Rigler -- or the “injustice of inadequate space,” as some called it. Years ago, before Rigler started its conversion from an elementary school to a K-8 in 2006, ...   More
Thursday, February 11, 2010 Leah Dimatteo

High-School Redesign: School Closures, Boundaries, Board Elections and Union Impasse

The busy state of Portland Public Schools' high-school redesign and teacher contract negotiations bring this omnibus update, in advance of tonight's School Board meeting: • Parents in the Grant High School cluster met last week to organize against Grant's possible closure as a neighborhood school. Between 200-300 people attended the meeting, which included entertainment from Grant's Royal ...   More
Monday, February 8, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

High-School Redesign: PPS Expresses "Disappointment" to The Oregonian About An Article Before Publication

Two weeks ago, The Oregonian published an informative article about Portland Public Schools' high-school redesign. The redesign has been in the making for two years but has yet to produce any definitive answers about the future of Portland's schools. Taking PPS' own public statements at face value, Oregonian education reporter Kimberly Melton conducted an analysis to show which of the district's ...   More
Friday, February 5, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools And Its Teachers Reach Negotiating Impasse

Portland Public Schools board member Trudy Sargent just sent out this email to report that the school district has told a state mediator that its negotiations with the teachers union have reached an impasse. The 3,200-member Portland Association of Teachers has been working without a new contract for more than 19 months, and obviously has been unhappy over that state of affairs. Negotiations ...   More
Thursday, February 4, 2010 HANK STERN

PPS Considers Exceptions To Transfer Ban

A few bits of news about the high-school redesign emerged at last night's Portland School Board meeting, and if it weren't for -- wait for it -- School Board Member David Wynde, nobody in the room would have acknowledged that news. Here's the shocker (or non-shocker, depending on how cynical you are): The school district might "carve out an exception" to its proposed ban on neighborhood-to-neighborhood ...   More
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

PPS Administrators Head to Rockaway Beach

PPS Equity beat us to following up on a tip from yesterday that Portland Public Schools' top administrators are at the Oregon coast for a three-day retreat. Teachers, meantime, are pounding the pavement for the Yes on Measures 66 and 67 campaign, according to the Portland Association of Teachers union. A private donor gave a cash donation to cover the $400-a-night beach house for administrators, ...   More
Friday, January 22, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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